Thursday, January 10, 2013

Quote of the Day:   “Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” -- Mark Twain

When you live or travel in Africa, digestive ailments can strike quickly and at any time no matter how careful you have been.  If one little spot on a vegetable didn't get washed, or a few drops of non-filtered water were on the inside of a glass from which you drank filtered water . . . well, you get the idea.  There are a few simple rules that eliminate most of the problems, if you can't peel it, if you can't cook it, if it's the outside of the plant (like lettuce), don't eat it.  Still, things get by you.  You can wash the shells of the eggs you buy, but if salmonella is inside the egg, you are going to get sick.  I got hit hard yesterday, but Shaban ran out and got some medicine for me and this morning I was fine again.  No one should travel without Immodium A-D, Pepto-Bismal, and other over the counter medicines for the kinds of ailments no one likes to talk about.  Nor should you be embarrassed about what the locals here think of as the price you pay to be in Africa.  Unfortunately for me, yesterday was also the time the toilet got stopped up by a root that had grown into the plumbing.  It, too, was fixed in less than an hour, so another disaster was averted.  There is nothing that can guarantee perfect health at all times--not money, not insurance, and not even close adherence to the rules of overseas travel.  Just accept that it might happen and have the medicines to correct it with you.  From what I read in the news on the Internet, food poisoning can happen in the U.S. from tainted broccoli or lettuce or meat.  Everything we eat here is free range and organic with no preservatives, dyes, or other added flavors and chemicals.  On the whole, it is probably healthier to eat here than there.  Doesn't mean you won't get sick occasionally.
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